Megyn Kelly says that she is now “a big target for many people” when she joked about white Santa and white Jeebus being a verifiable fact.
“In kicking off the light-hearted segment, I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa — who I joked was a real person whose race was identifiable — is white,” Kelly said. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes, that is lost on the humorless.”
She then lambasted her critics for failing to get the joke.
“This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society,” she continued. “In particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst of people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.”
Pro tip for Kelly: repeating the punchline of a not-funny joke doesn’t make the joke any more funny. Repeating the punchline is like explaining the joke after it flops. But I digress.
Is Kelly a racist? Who knows? I doubt it. But the video statement she released is disingenuous, and she throws down the Mooselini-esque victim card so hard they probably had an earthquake in China.
But at least she didn’t issue an insincere non-apology.
Fox doesn’t show how she mocked the original author’s point of feeling left out by all the white Santa marketing. They also don’t show that she kept asserting that White Santa is a real person (for the sake of the kids who might be watching Fox News late at night, a-hem), and added that Jeebus was white and that it was a verifiable fact.
Was it intended to be racist? Probably not, it was supposed to be a stupid, throw-away War on Christmas piece that went terribly, terribly wrong. But it was the smug color blind and off-hand white privilege that pushed it that way. It was the unthinking, knee-jerk white superiority (of course all good characters are white) that made it go viral:
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know? I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa – I just want the kids watching to know that.”
And remember, Kelly is the one who says with a straight face that she is a straight news anchor, not like the rest of Fox News.
(Livewire has the story, and as always, Fox has carefully edited what she actually said in the segment that caused the controversy.)